Home Visiting

The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program supports pregnant people and parents with young children who live in communities that face greater risks and barriers to achieving positive maternal and child health outcomes. Families choose to participate in home visiting programs, and partner with health, social service, and child development professionals to set and achieve goals that improve their health and well-being.

The program aims to:

  • Improve: maternal and child health
  • Prevent: child abuse and neglect
  • Reduce: crime and domestic violence
  • Increase: family education level and earning potential
  • Promote: children’s development and readiness to participate in school
  • Connect: families to needed community resources and supports

How home visiting helps communities and families

Home visitors and families develop strong relationships and trust through meeting regularly and addressing families’ needs. 

Home visitors:

  • Support healthy pregnancy practices
  • Provide information on topics such as breastfeeding, safe sleep, preventing unintended child injuries, and nutrition
  • Encourage early language development and early learning at home
  • Teach positive parenting skills like reading, playing, and praising good behaviors
  • Work with caregivers to set goals for the future, continue their education, and find employment and child care solutions
  • Connect families to other services and resources in their community

How we implement this program

In partnership with the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), we fund states, territories, and tribal entities to develop and implement home visiting programs. These programs must be based on the best evidence showing that they are effective at meeting the needs of families.

In September 2020, we awarded about $341 million in funding to 55 states, territories, and nonprofit organizations to support communities in providing home visiting services to families. In May 2021, we awarded about $40 million in funds through the American Rescue Plan Act (PDF - 681 KB) to awardees to address immediate needs of parents, children, and families related to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

How we ensure these programs work

The Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) review conducts a thorough and transparent review of home visiting program models to ensure they effectively meet family needs. There are currently 19 home visiting models that meet HomVEE and other eligibility criteria. States, territories, and tribal entities have the flexibility to select eligible home visiting models that are the best fit for their communities.

Awardees must report on their program’s performance for 19 measures across six statutorily defined benchmark areas and demonstrate improvements in at least four benchmark areas.

We provide technical assistance support to awardees to help them implement home visiting models, meet performance goals, and improve services to families.

Resources for our awardees

Additional briefs, fact sheets, and media

In FY 2020 the MIECHV Program served over 140,000 parents and children and provided more than 925,000 home visits. Download the infographic PDF for more details.

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Date Last Reviewed:  August 2021